Learn about the stories of Indigenous Victorians from their earliest contact with European settlers to the struggles of one family in the twentieth century and see key documents created by Aboriginal leaders in their quest for control of their own lives.
The story of Victoria’s gold - its journey and legacy in the years 1852-1862. The wealth from the goldfields funded what is widely considered one of the finest and most significant nineteenth century public buildings in Australia. The Old Treasury Building was commissioned in 1857 to store the gold bullion pouring into Melbourne
Unique Kelly documents including the only existing letter written by Ned himself! Discover clips and a rare advertising poster from one of the world’s first feature films – The Story of the Kelly Gang - and find out why the film was banned in Victoria.
Victoria was at the forefront of the world-wide democratic government movement. Victoria was the first place in the world where voting was carried out in secret and Victorian women led the world in the movement for equal rights.
Sitting at the top end of Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD, the Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia.
The Old Treasury building was designed by nineteen-year-old architect JJ Clark and built between 1858 and 1862.
What can I see?
The Old Treasury Building hosts the original gold vaults where gold bullion was stored during the gold rush era, as well as rare and historic documents from Public Record Office Victoria highlighting key moments from Victoria’s history.
Come and explore the intriguing gold vaults and you may earn yourself a gold licence!
Open Sunday to Friday (closed every Saturday), Free entry (schools and groups by appointment ONLY)
It is announced that Diane Gardiner, General Manager of the Old Treasury Building, Melbourne will be retiring from the role at the end of June 2015.
Presented for Rare Book Week
Archbishop Goold and the Wild, Wild West.
Sunday 19 July at 2:30pm
In this lecture Shane Carmody will explore the extraordinary library developed by Melbourne’s fist Catholic Bishop, James Alipius Goold (1813 – 1886) and in particular one rare book and the story of exploration, forbidden love and buffaloes that led to its publication.
Shane Carmody is a historian with a great love of Libraries and Archives. He has worked for the National Archives as the State Director for Victoria (1996 -2002), the State Library of Victoria as Director Collections and Access (2002 – 2013) and currently at the University of Melbourne Library as Senior Development Manager. He is widely published on the history of Libraries and collections.
Bookings essential: firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 9651 2233
School Days; Education in Victoria exhibition is a history of more than 150 years of schooling in Victoria.
This exhibition will appeal to young and old: children currently attending school can compare their own school life with the different methods of past decades; adults will experience nostalgia for their own school days.
An exciting Public Program accompanies this exhibition, view it here.
Behind the Scenes tours
Early Melbourne Paintings & the Executive Council Chamber are part of this exclusive chance to see this private collection of stunning paintings ranging from the 1840s to the 1870s. This collection of wonderful paintings provides an insiders glimpse of the early beginnings of the colony of Melbourne and offers an insight into the life of Melbournians.
Early Melbourne Paintings kindly on loan from the Roy Morgan Research Centre collection.
TOURS: Monday 20 July at 2pm Sunday 16 August at 11am or by appointment.
As part of our 'School Days' public program, Old Treasury are hosting FREE floor talks twice an month.
Second & fourth Tuesday of the month at 11am 26 May- 'Women in Education' with Gabrielle Keating 9 June- 'Aboriginal Schools' with Lynne Robertson 23 June- 'School Life and Curriculum' with Gabrielle Keating 14 July- 'Punishment' with Rosalind Mearns 28 July- 'Schools go to War' with Helen Marson
Programs relate to the AusVELS, in particular History, Civics and Citizenship, and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).
Phone: 03 9651 2233
Old Treasury Building invites teachers and students to visit the fascinating ‘Victorian Archival Treasures’ exhibitions. Students can discover the stories attached to the rare and interesting original documents, maps and photographs from the state archive collection of Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).
Students can also explore the gold vaults and the impact of gold on early Melbourne and the new colony of Victoria. ‘Growing up in Old Treasury’ relates the story of the caretaker John Maynard and his family who lived in the basement of the building from 1916-1928.